PowerPoint Notes
Getting Started In PowerPoint

PowerPoint

PowerPoint is the leading multimedia presentation software. PowerPoint is a high-powered software tool used for presenting information in a dynamic slide show format. Text, charts, graphs, sound effects and video are just some of the elements PowerPoint can incorporate into your presentations with ease.

There are many ways to use Microsoft PowerPoint:

  • To create a "slide show" on the computer
  • To create overhead transparencies
  • To quickly create a presentation to publish on the World Wide Web
  • The slides can be arranged and printed as handouts for reference.

PowerPoint vocabulary

Slide: An individual screen in a slide show.

Slide Show or Presentation: A series of slides displayed in sequence. A slide show can be controlled manually or automatically.

Object: Any element that appears on a PowerPoint slide, such as clip art, text, drawings, charts, sounds, and video clips. You can refer to a clip art object, a text object, a title object, a drawing object, etc.

Slide Transition: A special effect used to introduce a slide during a slide show. For example, you can fade in from black, or dissolve from one slide to another. Click on the "Transitions" Ribbon Tab to add interesting transitions.

Animation– Add a special visual or sound effect to text or an object. To add interesting animations to objects in slide shows, click the "Animations" Ribbon Tab.

Basic Rules

  • Use the KISS Principal (Keep It Simple and Straightforward) – Too many bells and whistles will cloud the message.
  • Make bullet points easy to read
  • Keep text easy to understand
  • Use concise wording
  • Keep Font Size Large
  • Stick to a single background or design template
  • No more than one font should be used per slide
  • Incorporate only one thought per slide
  • It is best to leave the first slide of a presentation alone and not animate it.

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